Facts & Figures

Bemidji State University, Home of the Beavers, has been named a top-tier Midwest university by U.S. News and World Report.

We’re not only renown for our beautiful lakeside campus, but also for our innovative, nationally recognized programs in Industrial Model-Making and Exhibit Design. We are known for our commitment to serving our native populations and preserving our environment, and we are unsurpassed in affordability; we offer in-state or reciprocity tuition rates to all qualified students.

What else is there to know about BSU? Plenty.

The Basics

We work with each student to graduate on time.
We work with each student to graduate on time.
  • Approximately 5,000 undergraduate and over 300 graduate students 
  • 53% female; 47% male
  • 19.5:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Students hail from 36 different states and 38 different countries (88% from Minnesota)
  • 82% of students receive some financial aid

Academic Programs

Dr. Kari Wood helps students master computer business applications.
  • Over 65 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs
  • 14 graduate programs
  • Largest majors: Business, Nursing, Education, Science, Technological Studies, Criminal Justice, and Psychology
  • Unique programs: Aquatic Biology, Creative and Electronic Writing, Indian Studies, Marketing Communications, Exhibit Design, Industrial Model-Making, Wilderness Management and Outdoor Recreation Planning
  • Honors Program that includes special on-campus housing
  • American Indian Resource Center serving the campus and surrounding communities with outreach and educational programs


  • Last year our women's team went went 12 - 7, sixth in the Northern Sun Conference.
    Last year our women’s team went went 12-7, sixth in the Northern Sun Conference.

    NCAA Division I: Men’s and Women’s Hockey (men’s team has the highest winning percentage of any NCAA Division I team)

  • Women’s DII: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, volleyball
  • Men’s DII: baseball, basketball, football, golf, track
  • Intramurals: beach and indoor volleyball, flag football, broomball, hockey, basketball, dodge ball, softball, soccer

Fun Stuff

An Opera Theatre performance of
An Opera Theatre performance of “Hansel and Gretel.”
  • Kayaks, canoes, pontoons, sailboats, mountain bikes, camping equipment, snowshoes, ice fishing gear and cross country skis available for rent
  • Music and theatre productions, Madrigal Dinners, Funtastic Dance Follies, student-union sponsored activities, and nearly 100 student clubs and organizations
  • BSU’s tunnel system means it’s T-shirt and flip-flop season all year round


Snowshoe racing on the Lakeside Lawn.
Snowshoe racing on the Lakeside Lawn.